Ryan Held

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Ryan Held
Ryan Held Rio 2016.jpg
Held after winning the 4×100 m freestyle relay at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
National team United States
Born (1995-06-27) June 27, 1995 (age 25)[1][2]
Springfield, Illinois, U.S.[3]
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle
College teamNorth Carolina State University[3]
Medal record
Men's swimming
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
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Gold medal – first place 2016 Rio de Janeiro 4×100 m freestyle
World Championships (SC)
Gold medal – first place 2018 Hangzhou 4×50 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2018 Hangzhou 4×100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2018 Hangzhou 4×100 m medley
Gold medal – first place 2018 Hangzhou 4×50 m mixed freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Hangzhou 4×50 m medley
World University Games
Gold medal – first place 2017 Taipei 100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2017 Taipei 4×100 m freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2017 Taipei 4×100 m medley
Representing the NC State Wolfpack
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Event 1st 2nd 3rd
NCAA Championships 4 9 1
Total 4 9 1
By race
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
50 y freestyle 0 2 0
100 y freestyle 0 1 1
4×50 y freestyle 0 2 0
4×100 y freestyle 2 1 0
4×200 y freestyle 2 2 0
4×100 y medley 0 1 0
Total 4 9 1
NCAA Championships
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Gold medal – first place 2016 Atlanta 4×100 y freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2017 Indianapolis 4×200 y freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2018 Minneapolis 4×100 y freestyle
Gold medal – first place 2018 Minneapolis 4×200 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2015 Iowa City 4×100 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2015 Iowa City 4×200 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2016 Atlanta 4×50 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2016 Atlanta 4×200 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2017 Indianapolis 50 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Minneapolis 50 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Minneapolis 100 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Minneapolis 4×50 y freestyle
Silver medal – second place 2018 Minneapolis 4×100 y medley
Bronze medal – third place 2017 Indianapolis 100 y freestyle

Ryan Held (born June 27, 1995) is an American freestyle swimmer who specializes in the sprint events, and is currently sponsored by Arena.

He attended Christ the King grade school in Springfield, Illinois, and attended high school at Sacred-Heart Griffin,[4] where he graduated in 2014 and was coached by Dr. James Stegeman.[5] During his senior year in 2014, Held was named Illinois State Swimmer of the Year.

At the 2016 US trials he qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics as a member of the 4×100 meter freestyle relay team.[3] In the Olympic heats, he swam a split time of 47.79 on the second leg, impressing the coaching staff enough to give him the nod to swim in the final. Although Held’s time was not as fast as Anthony Ervin’s, head coach Bob Bowman made the decision due to youth since "Younger legs, coming back so quickly".[6] In the final he split 47.73 on the third leg to preserve Team USA's lead, winning the gold medal together with Caeleb Dressel, Michael Phelps, and Nathan Adrian.

Personal bests[edit]

As of March 20, 2021
Long course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 m freestyle 21.87 2019 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships August 4, 2019
100 m freestyle 47.39 2019 U.S. Summer Nationals July 31, 2019 U.S. Open record, CR
50 m backstroke 24.59 2018 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships July 27, 2018 (Preliminaries)
50 m butterfly 23.68 2017 Phillips 66 Summer National Championships July 1, 2017
100 m butterfly 52.15 2019 U.S. Summer Nationals August 2, 2019
Short course
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 m freestyle 21.39 2019 International Swimming League American Derby November 16, 2019
100 m freestyle 45.82 (r) 2018 FINA World Championships December 11, 2018 (Preliminaries)
Short course yards
Event Time Meet Date Note(s)
50 y freestyle 18.56 (r) 2018 NCAA Championships March 22, 2018
100 y freestyle 41.05 (r) 2018 NCAA Championships March 24, 2018
200 y freestyle 1:31.37 (r) 2017 NCAA Championships March 22, 2017
100 y butterfly 44.79 2018 ACC Championships March 1, 2017

r = relay lead-off

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan Held Archived August 8, 2016, at the Wayback Machine. rio2016.com
  2. ^ "U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming, Men's 100m Freestyle Final, Start list". Omega Timing. June 29, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "SHG grad Ryan Held going to Olympics in swimming relay". The State Journal-Register. June 30, 2016. Retrieved July 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "Ryan Held Bio - SwimSwam". Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  5. ^ Feldman, Eric. "Friends, Family, Coaches React to Ryan Held Gold Medal". WICS. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  6. ^ Layden, Tim (August 8, 2016). "Reborn Michael Phelps plays pivotal role in U.S. 4x100 free relay gold". si.com.

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